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Luxembourg's Gilles Muller out-aced the record-breaking Ivo Karlovic in a landmark battle of the big-serving veterans to lift the grasscourt title in Den Bosch on Sunday.
Nadal pulled out of his principle lead-in event to Wimbledon on Tuesday night, raising the question of how big a challenge he will be able to mount on the grass court this summer.
KIERAN GILL IN NOTTINGHAM: Britain has high hopes that the world No 8 will be their own Wimbledon wonder with the SW19 tournament now less than three weeks away.
The Spaniard won a record 10th French Open title in Paris on Sunday, his fourth title on the tour this year. He has won 46 matches and lost just six in a stellar 2017. He has never won the tour finals.
Lloyd, 41, has had a successful career in the tennis and leisure business, and is the son of former Davis Cup player and captain David, and nephew of John.
Three deeply familiar names - Federer, Nadal, Williams - and one virtual unknown - Jelena Ostapenko - have shared the Grand Slam spoils this year so far. Sportsmail looks at Wimbledon.
British No 3 Dan Evans is a worry for Wimbledon after being forced to withdraw from the Aegon Open Nottingham and spotted on crutches on Monday.
Rafa Nadal says winning a French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time in his career will be 'complicated' but is highly motivated to have a go as he prepares for the grasscourt season.
Marcus Willis has a message for Wimbledon - give me a wild card and I can give you more headlines. He says he is still living in the whirlwind of the remarkable two weeks last summer.
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: From the straggly-haired teenager with no sleeves who emerged from left field to win in 2005, to the sporadically injured 31-year-old in 2017, it was never so straightforward.
The British No 2 and world No 119 lost 6-4, 7-5 to Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday but tweeted after the match: ‘Not the trophy I wanted but great first week on the grass.’
As revealed by Sportsmail on Saturday, the Russian was struggling badly with injury and has decided to skip Wimbledon to repair a torn muscle. She plans to play next in California at the end of July.
It was hard not to think of the legendary former champion when seeing Jelena Ostapenko beat Simona Halep to win the French Open on Saturday, and her joyful reaction afterwards.
Wozniacki was beaten by eventual-winner Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals at Roland Garros on Tuesday. But rather than wallow in her defeat, the Danish player used the time off to visit the island.
Jelena Ostapenko is confident she can take the attention in her stride of winning the French Open final on Saturday as she targets more grand slam success at Wimbledon in July.
Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the 10th time when he beat Stan Wawrinka in the straight sets in the final of Roland Garros.
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and Wimbledon qualifying because of a muscle tear, the Russian has announced on Facebook.
It looked like this might signal the end of the most extraordinary reign in tennis history, for it would be the second year he had not finished the event holding the Coupe Des Mousquetaires.
The world No 55 is sweating over a scan on Monday ahead of a scheduled appearance in Nottingham next week and the year's third major at Wimbledon, which is less than a month away.
OLIVER HOLT: The thrill of some of the tennis that Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray served up in the first semi-final of the French Open on Friday afternoon is still fresh in the memory.